Female rapper Megan Thee Stallion gets an early victory in her court battle against record label 1501 Certified Entertainment.
1501 Certified Entertainment entered a request for a pre-trial ruling that the album Something for Thee Hotties doesn’t qualify as an album under Megan’s contract. However, a Texas judge rejected 1501 Certified Entertainment’s motion, according to a report from Rolling Stone.
In September 1501 filed a motion arguing that Something for Thee Hotties was not an “album” under Megan’s contract. They requested the court forgo the trial and rule the project failed to meet the contract’s definition of an album because it included previously shared songs and purportedly “failed to follow the proper approval procedures.”
Megan Thee Stallion replied in December, arguing that she complied with her contract and should be given the chance to fight the case at trial. The Grammy Award-winning rapper claimed the freestyles and skits included on Something for Thee Hotties do not qualify as “previously unreleased,” as they were never sold commercially.
“If there is any ambiguity around the term ‘previously unreleased,’ it should be reserved as a question of fact for the jury,” Megan argues. Furthermore, Megan Thee Stallion claims 300 Entertainment bought the exclusive distribution rights for her albums in 2018.
She also states 1501 Certified Entertainment were kept “apprised of developments” ahead of the album’s release, and 300 Entertainment gave the label a link to Something for Thee Hotties at least three days prior to its release. According to Megan, 1501 Certified Entertainment “asserted no objection” until the album had been out for two months.
Following the judge’s ruling, Megan Thee Stallion’s $1 million lawsuit against 1501 Certified Entertainment will now proceed to trial. Megan Thee Stallion filed the lawsuit against 1501 Certified Entertainment in 2020, demanding her contract be terminated.
A judge granted her a temporary restraining order so she could release her project Suga, but she sued 1501 again in 2021 after they tried to prevent the release of her featured verse on BTS’s “Butter” remix. A judge granted her an injunction so the track could be released.
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